The New England Revolution received their marching orders for the 2015 MLS season today and it is going to be an exciting season to follow. After coming so close to grabbing a MLS Cup title in 2014, New England finds themselves sitting as one of the favorites to return to the Cup final. Before all the talk of playoffs gets out of hand though, it is important to focus on the opening and closing games of the regular season if the Revs want to start 2015 with a bang.
New England faces a tough way back in MLS action during weeks one and two against the Seattle Sounders and MLS expansion club, New York City FC. If you wanted a great way to start off your season, why not travel to the loudest stadium in MLS and historic Yankee Stadium and face the Supports Shield winners then one of the two new expansion clubs. Those games are scheduled for March 8 at 9:30 eastern on Fox Sports 1 and March 15 at 5 pm eastern on ESPN 2.
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Starting off the season on a high note is absolutely crucial for New England. Aside from playing NYCFC, during the first team games of the season, the Revs will also play the likes of the Philadelphia Union, Columbus Crew SC, Real Salt Lake and New York Red Bulls. To make things even better the Revs Orlando City in week 11.
If New England starts off their season with at least seven wins, that will make a lot of people happy. Winning less than even six games out of the first 11 could put New England back early and maybe cause issues down the stretch.
MLS introduced a new playoff system for 2015. The addition of one more playoff team to each division makes things a bit more interesting. New England had no problem securing the second spot in the Eastern Conference last season after a late season surge, but as we all know, soccer is so unpredictable and the Revs may need every game in the season to sneak into the playoffs. Do not worry though New England fans, that will not happen.
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New England finishes off their last five games of their 2015 MLS regular season campaign with three of the last five games on the road. The Revolution travel to the Montreal Impact, come home against the Union, travel to the Chicago Fire, play their final home game against the Impact and finish the season away at NYCFC.
A full state of Eastern Conference games that will keep things interesting down the stretch. Montreal gave New England problems last season and any time the Revs play the Union and Fire, it is always a hard-fought battle.
Is it March 8th yet? This New England Revolution fan is really excited for the new season and cannot wait to cheer on my favorite team! Check out the full schedule for the Revs right HERE.